Bee-Keeping At Nichols

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This spring, I decided to ask permission to establish a honey bee colony at our school. Bee keeping has become a recent interest of mine, and having completed my first year of raising bees, I thought it would be an excellent time to share my passion with others in the Nichols community through the permanent establishment of a colony on the roof of Center 63. By setting up an actual functioning hive, it was my hope that I would be able to show others in our community the inner nuances of a bee colony, fostering their interests on such important and fascinating creatures and ultimately stimulating further curiosity and inquiry about bees.
The actual process of getting approved to set up the hive was remarkably easy—something that I was not expecting and that pleasantly surprised me. I initially anticipated there would be great hesitation or even opposition from school officials due to safety concerns aroused from the false association of honey bees with other more aggressive species that have received a terrible general reputation. Thankfully however, this was not at all the case. After speaking with Mr. McCarthy and asking for permission to use the roof of Center 63 from Dr. Rosenblum, everything was set for me to bring in the colony; it was that simple. I have to thank the administration at Nichols for being so exceptionally helpful with allowing this project to proceed. It is this sense of great open-mindedness that allows Nichols to flourish as students have the capability to share their passions and knowledge with others, creating an incredible community with exceptionally diverse interests.
I hope to introduce the colony and my interest on bee husbandry to the school this coming academic year. So far, I have taken a few members from Nichols’s environmental club, SEA, to due routine maintenance on the colony, but I hope to expand the number of people involved through the creation of a school club this year. Through this club, I hope to regularly take new individuals to observe the inner workings of the hive while educating them on topics such as maintaining an apiary, bee physiology, and the severity of the honey bee crisis in the world right now and its potential effects on our future. Through this project, I hope to raise community wide awareness on the importance of the honey bee as a species as well as foster a love for these fascinating creatures that are so often perceived as menaces in our lives. The Nichols bee-keeping club will make its debut this fall with a honey harvest and community sale of this honey with proceeds going towards the cost of the colony and supplies.

Matthew Szarzanowicz ’16

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